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Faculty Fellow

Michael Dietler

Professor of Anthropology University of Chicago


Michael Dietler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he has been teaching since 1995. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990 and his BA from Stanford University in 1974. He taught at Yale University from 1990 to 1995. He conducts archaeological research in Europe, and ethnographic and historical research in Africa, Europe, and the US, frequently in collaboration with his wife, Ingrid Herbich. His research focuses on the comparative study of colonialism in the ancient Mediterranean and elsewhere, material culture theory (including food and alcohol), modern Celtic identities and imaginaries, ethnomusicology, and the history and politics of archaeology. He has been a research fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (France), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe). He has also been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne-Panthéon), a research associate of the CNRS Unit 154 at Montpellier-Lattes (France), and Director of the University of Chicago's Paris Center.